more linkage

I’m on a cleaning-up roll around here, which means, among other things, closing down some browser tabs.

Fans of Jane Austen will either die laughing, or maybe just die from aneurysms.

If you review books on your site, Diana Pharaoh Francis has teamed up with the folks at Grasping for the Wind to put together a book reviewers database. Head over there for details; the gist is, they’re trying to collate sf/f/h review sites, the better to connect reviewers with publishers and authors, and vice versa.

Interesting thoughts from on how cities affect our brains. I’m sure the data’s being presented in a light designed to support the conclusions, but I still think there’s interesting info there, about stimulation and the effect of greenery on our mental states.

Sunset on Mars. I looked at it, thought “meh,” then realized I was judging it against sunset photos, with all their colorful glory. This isn’t about colorful glory; it’s about SUNSET on MARS. omgawesome. I never knew that Martian sunsets were blue.

Also, Flycon. Still in the planning stages, but the idea is that it’ll be an online convention, with panel discussions and so on. An interesting experiment, and I’m planning to participate.

I think that’s it for now.

0 Responses to “more linkage”

  1. nojojojo

    Yeah, I saw the article about cities and thought the same thing. Also thought, “But city dwellers don’t spend all their time on the street. They travel to get where they’re going, and then they go into some quieter, calmer place where they can think/focus safely.” And heck — I’ve lived in big cities for half my life now and I was never more than 10 minutes’ walk from a park. But when I lived in small town suburbs, I had to drive to get anywhere that wasn’t my own backyard.

    • Marie Brennan

      If the studies were at all reputable, they took those factors into account. The mental wear-and-tear doesn’t have to be 24/7 to have an effect. But since it’s a popular article that only reports in passing on the findings of the studies, not details of their methodologies, we can’t say for sure.

  2. norilana

    The sunset on Mars is indeed amazing — goosebumps, to think the sun looks so small from there, so much farther away!

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